The 'where' in education


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The 'where' in education

  1. 1. The 'Where' in Education: Integrating Curriculum through Spatial Thought Jeffrey Dunn Michael Howser
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MAGIC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GIS in K-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common Barriers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interactive Spatial Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Map of the Week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How in the World </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Map Mash-ups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VirtualTours </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
  3. 3. MAGIC 2.0 <ul><li>University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center – MAGIC has been re-inventing itself into MAGIC 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on general users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple formats & platforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Liberal Education” mindset </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>2009 Horizon Report </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Geo-everything” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Becoming quicker and easier to geolocate a multitude of information </li></ul><ul><li>Everything “Geo” is now easily leveraged for in classroom use in a quick, affordable fashion. </li></ul>
  5. 5. GIS in the Classroom <ul><li>Examine: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demographic Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social studies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sciences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Areal concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Historical Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>History </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Collect & Create </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Point, Line and Polygon Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GPS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digitizing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GIS analysis </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Barriers to GIS in K-12 <ul><li>Common barriers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Steep Learning Curve </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost $$ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who will be my safety net? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Interactive Spatial Activities <ul><li>ArcGIS Explorer </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth </li></ul><ul><li>National Geographic Fieldscope </li></ul><ul><li>Connecticut GIS Data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outside the Neatline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Map of the Week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How in the World? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MAGIC Map Mash-ups </li></ul><ul><li>VirtualTours </li></ul>
  8. 8. Map of the Week
  9. 9. Static Maps - Map of the Week <ul><li>If a picture is worth 1,000 words… </li></ul><ul><li>A map can be priceless! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliver interdisciplinary content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link to Teacher created content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link to additional content on the web </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Outside the Neatline: How in the World? Hey Brandon, want to go fishing this weekend? Okay, sounds like fun! Where are we going? I think there’s a boat launch near New London, CT that we can use. Great! Um… I don’t have a fishing pole, do you know where we can get one?
  11. 12. Mash-ups <ul><li>Mash-ups allow: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Places to be linked to external websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address searching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Temporal analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MAGIC’s Role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Virtual Tours
  13. 14. Future directions <ul><li>QR Codes (Quick Response) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows mobile phones to access data using a camera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to custom content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treasure hunts, GIS Data, Historical Maps, Web Content </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. ArcGIS Mobile Application <ul><li>Use of different mobile platforms to discover and interact with spatial data. </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic platforms allow spatial questions to be explored further. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Link to additional data sources and web content. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Conclusions <ul><li>Process matters, not the platform (LaFone, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Important considerations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Platforms must be intuitive with minimal IT support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data must be easy to obtain or create </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support services other than “Google it” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Geography can deliver content rather than be delivered with other content </li></ul>
  16. 17. Future directions <ul><li>Implement The Connecticut State Data Center’s new website </li></ul><ul><li>Connecticut Geographic Alliance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>August 02, 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers Workshop (C.E.U’s) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Implementing Web based GIS and other platforms in the classroom </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 18. The Synergy of Collaboration <ul><li>The best ideas come from multiple perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Reaching out to the community </li></ul><ul><li>Creating new and exciting opportunities. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Michael Howser & Bill Miller </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>William DeGrazia & Tom Brodnitzki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connecticut Geographic Alliance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Institute for Applied Geographic Technology – Cayuga Community College NY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TWiST Summer GIS Workshop </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. References <ul><li>National Geographic Fieldscope </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BILKO Remote Sensing </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Earth </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arc Explorer </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC) of the University of Connecticut Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outside the Neatline Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Kaywa QR-Code Generator </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dougherty, Jack, Dunn, Jeffrey & Howser, Michael. “ Interactive Mapping for Education: Collaborations for Success &quot; on May 11, 2010 at 2010 Northeast Arc Users (NEArc) Spring Meeting (Northampton, MA). </li></ul><ul><li>Dunn, Jeffrey. “ MAGIC 2.0: Using GIS to Empower K-12 Curriculum Development  &quot; on April 17, 2010 at Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C.) </li></ul><ul><li>Rouse, J.L., Bergeron, S.J.,  LaFone, F . and Dunn, J.J. 2010. &quot; Digital Media and Learning in Geography &quot;.  Panel Session at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. </li></ul>